The Benefits of Rainwater Harvesting
Lower Your Water Bills
Use less city water and get stormwater fee reductions each month.
Enhance your Ecosystem
More consistent watering means richer soil and landscaping that doesn’t die.
Prevent Property Damage
Collecting rain water off your roof can prevent your property from flooding and creating damage.
“I had such a positive experience with the incentive system that I’m like “why not do something else to my house? I would love to work with Rainplan again.”
how it works
Discover, Connect, Relax
We are streamlining the process of upgrading private properties to productive landscapes.
Discover New Tools
Interested in finding out what rainwater capture system is best for you? Explore our technologies, education database, and when you’re ready find local incentive programs that will pay you back for your project.
Connect with a Service Provider
Use our tools to save you time like the Virtual Site Planner. Talking with one of our Rainplanners can help you make informed decisions and understand what’s possible within your budget.
Relax and Read Proposals
Whether you fill out your Rainplan or not, you can list your project on our platform for local green contractors to review and send you project proposals and bids. We vetted them, and now you just need to select.
THAT BMP* ENERGY
MORE Green Infrastructure
*Best Management Practices
Have flooding issues? Dig down deep to solve your problem.
Between a rock and a hard place? Move problems away from you.
Shingle no more! Settle down and commit to stopping water runoff with a fancy roof that lasts 2x longer.
Rain Harvesting FAQ
Is collecting rainwater illegal in my state?
We hear this all the time. “You can’t collect rainwater in my state or city because it’s illegal.” This used to be the case in some areas because cities were trying to prevent mosquito populations, and some water runoff is necessary for cleaning streets and moving mass through combined sewers. HOWEVER, it is not illegal in any US state to collect rainwater, but many areas have specific rules before you can install a rain barrel and how much rain you are allowed to collect each year.
Can I buy any type of rain barrel and get a rebate?
The type and amount of rebate you get for installing a rain barrel depend on the incentive program. We see that many incentive programs require you to get at least a 50-gallon barrel; some even want you to get a specific material like plastic over galvanized steel. When you search for an incentive program, be sure to read the fine print, or we can do that for you. 🙂
I can install a rain barrel myself. Why do I need Rainplan?
You absolutely can install a rain barrel yourself, and there are many youtube videos to show you how. Yet, if you don’t have a certain downspout, this can get tricky. Also, in some cases where your foundation has a slope or you want to install a drip irrigation system, we recommend a contractor. If you want to install a cistern, you will need a contractor (even for the above-ground variety) because they need to design and pour the foundation. We can help get you a rebate for all these projects and send you qualified and vetted green infrastructure contractors in your area. Why stress about it when you can have someone else do that?
Is Rainplan a Contractor?
No, we match you with the best contractors in your area and help you navigate the installation process.
Does a rain barrel require maintenance?
Yep! If you want a route with less maintenance but more initial upfront costs, go with a cistern. For rain barrels, upkeep is mandatory. In the winter, you need to unplug, dry, and store them, so they don’t crack. You need to use the water inside of them within two weeks after rainfall so mosquito larvae don’t form. You also need to clean them out after each rainy season so they don’t smell gross from the decaying twigs, leaves, bugs, etc., that evade the filter. Contractors are willing to schedule seasonal maintenance in most areas and can do this for you if you want.
How quickly does a rain barrel fill up?
Depending on your roof size, your rain barrel will certainly fill up after MOST rain events. For example: from a roof section of 200 sq. ft. if it rains half an inch it will fill up a 60-gallon barrel.
Cistern or rain barrel, what's the difference?
Simply put: rain barrels are great for residential homes, and cisterns are great for commercial properties or larger-scale homes on a huge lot. We have a blog about it if you want to read more.